Earlier this month, The Christian Science Monitor ran a comparison of four types of fuel (with forecasts from theU.S. Energy Information Administrationto heat homes in the Northeast, the only region in the country to use all four heat sources:

  • Electricity (on the rise; about one-third of U.S. homes use it for primary heat);
  • Heating oil (prices are tied to world events; 6% of U.S. homes use it for primary heat, mostly in the Northeast);

  • Natural gas (huge supply forecast; nearly half of U.S. homes use for primary heat); and

  • Propane (a relatively clean fuel but losing popularity; cost varies a lot by region).

Clickherefor the results.